ILCHS Alumni
May 19, 2014

"Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement."
- W. Clement Stone

May 19, 2014
Final Stretch of the Semester: Awaiting the End of Spring 2014

Hang in there, the semester is almost over. If you are like me, then you would agree, "School should have ended May 1st #imsooverschoolrightnow." Unfortunately, we still have final essays, research papers, exams, and final exams to ruin our lives (yay!). So what do you do to keep yourself motivated, on top of your game, and off the couch?
  1. Scheduling is key: On this final stretch, deadlines are important. Take sufficient time to work on your final papers and study for your final exams. The more work you put in the better grade you should get out of it.
  2. Don’t multi-task assignments: Take it one assignment at a time. Set goals to finish things on time; for example setting a goal to finish your research paper on Sunday since it is due on Tuesday or setting a goal to spend all day Saturday on your research paper.
  3. Your Environment matters: Do your work in a place where you can focus, not get distracted, and make the most out of your time. Possible places can be a library, campus library or a quiet café. Sometimes, waiting to get home to do work can lead to it never getting done.
  4. Work with someone else or in a small group: If you are surrounded by others who are diligently working, then you will follow suit. Plus, you can help each other and motivate each other.
  5. Caffeine it up!: When all else fails a double shot latte or a mocha frap from Starbucks is the way to go.
I hope that the following tips are helpful. If you have any suggestions, ideas, or tips, please feel free to comment below.
May 12, 2014
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined."
- Henry David Thoreau
May 12, 2014
Basics required: cover letters and resumes
Resumes are your true personal profiles (sorry Facebook), they reflect what you have done, and can give potential employers an idea of what type of person you are and where you are heading in your career, education etc. Applying to a potential internship and or potential job is so much easier and quicker when you have an updated, ready-to-go, resume.
Make sure to update your resume every time you:
  • Receive an award, certificate, or recognition
  • Complete an academic milestone (honors, honor society, award, dean/presidential list)
  • Volunteer and do community services
  • Join a club, organization, or program (mentorship program, fraternity/sorority, student gov.)
  • Get a job promotion or start a new job
Check out these websites for help
Cover letters:
Cover letters can be tricky and believe or not, hard to write sometimes. Cover letters tend to change depending on where you’re applying. Here are some websites you can reference on writing cover letters
You can always google more references; you can ask a professor for help, or meet with on campus advisor for some pointers. 
I hope that the following tips are helpful. If you have any suggestions, ideas, or tips, please feel free to comment below.